Issaquah School District, businesses earn ‘green’ honor from King County

August 7, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the Issaquah School District and Issaquah businesses for efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling July 25.

Dow Constantine

The school district, Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Pogacha of Issaquah and Rowley Properties ranked as Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Countywide, 92 businesses and government and nonprofit organizations achieved the distinction.

(The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

“From recycling Styrofoam and cellphones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Issaquah organizations earn King County honor for ‘green’ practices

July 26, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. July 26, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the Issaquah School District and Issaquah businesses for efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling Wednesday.

The school district, Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Pogacha of Issaquah and Rowley Properties ranked as Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Countywide, 92 businesses and government and nonprofit organizations achieved the distinction.

“From recycling Styrofoam and cellphones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” Constantine said in a statement.

The county put Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets and Rowley Properties on a Business Honor Roll for making the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for at least five consecutive years.

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Mixologists create steamy cocktails, so toast to winter

February 21, 2012

Cold conditions call for fortifying cocktails, and Issaquah bartenders concoct winter warmers

Stacey Snowden, a Pogacha server, adds Captain Morgan Spiced Rum to hot buttered rum. By Greg Farrar

The season almost demands a nip to chase off the chill from snow-blanketed afternoons and rain-dampened nights. Fortunately, local mixologists offer tonics for unwelcome wintertime doldrums.

The solution is found in time-honored recipes — strong coffee and fragrant spices stirred into libations designed to melt the frost.

Chase Bruesch, a WildFin American Grill bartender, caramelizes sugar on a glass for Spanish coffee. By Greg Farrar

Denise Jordan, a longtime bartender at Pogacha, dips a dollop of secret-recipe hot buttered rum batter into Captain Morgan Spiced Rum for the adults-only indulgence.

“It makes you feel like you’re sitting at home in front of the fireplace,” said Stacey Snowden, a Pogacha server.

Jordan guards the batter recipe in the same manner KFC protects Colonel Sanders’ 11 herbs and spices.

“I don’t tell anybody my recipe,” she said.

David Boehm, a manager at WildFin American Grill, a recent addition to the local restaurant scene, said classic cocktails deliver for patrons as the mercury drops.

“What we’ve learned with our winter warmer drinks is, don’t reinvent the wheel,” he said.
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Issaquah businesses, government honored, ranked as top recyclers

July 12, 2011

Reusing office supplies at City Hall, recycling at local schools and businesses’ efforts to cut waste landed Issaquah officials and entrepreneurs on King County’s Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list July 1.

The county Solid Waste Division recognized 89 organizations in the annual awards. In Issaquah, the honorees include established “green” organizations and a newcomer, Outsource Marketing.

Each organization boasts exceptional recycling programs and a commitment to reducing waste. Issaquah municipal government and the Issaquah School District made the list. So did Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus.

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Issaquah businesses, government honored for recycling

July 5, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 5, 2011

Reusing office supplies at City Hall, recycling at local schools and business’ efforts to cut waste landed Issaquah officials and entrepreneurs on King County’s Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list July 1.

The county Solid Waste Division recognized 89 organizations in the annual awards. In Issaquah, the honorees include established “green” organizations and a newcomer, Outsource Marketing.

Each organization boasts exceptional recycling programs a commitment to reducing waste. Issaquah municipal government and the Issaquah School District made the list. So did Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus.

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Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

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City makes history in effort to turn restaurants ‘green’

September 28, 2010

A plastic fork and spork get picked out of the compost waste pile by Cedar Grove Composting General Manager Nick Harbert. By Greg Farrar

Groundbreaking packaging ordinance takes effect Oct. 1

Inside the neon-illuminated Rollin’ Log Tavern, the full effect of the city-mandated change from foam and plastic to eco-friendly cups, containers and utensils is apparent after a quick glance at the timeworn bar.

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Expect calls for bail in annual muscular dystrophy fundraiser

August 24, 2010

Don’t be surprised Aug. 25 if you receive an unexpected phone call from someone you know asking for bail money.

It’s likely your acquaintance is one of more than 75 of the area’s “most wanted” business executives and community leaders swept up in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraiser.

For example, one of the first time “jailbirds” calling just may be Jim Oswalt, owner of Gemini Fish Market in Issaquah.

“This sounded like a good cause,” he said. “We have a pretty good clientele list we can get in front of to donate.”

By donate, Oswalt means his bail, set for all jailbird participants at a minimum of $2,000. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, “law enforcement officers” from local fire stations will arrive at places of work to apprehend the jailbirds. Firefighters have been one of the biggest contributors to MDA fundraisers for more than 50 years, according to Shelli Kind, executive director of the Bellevue MDA office. Read more

MDA coming to lock up local jailbirds for fundraiser

August 17, 2010

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has recruited more than 75 of the area’s “most wanted” business executives and community leaders to participate in its annual Lock-Up, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Pogacha Restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Participants, or jailbirds, will be arrested by local firefighters and taken to serve their time in a maximum appreciation jail site. Upon arrival, jailbirds will have a mug shot taken and asked to raise their “bail,” set at $2,000, by networking with friends, family and business associates.

MDA hopes to raise $40,000 during the lock-up, and all proceeds from the event will help support MDA services and research programs, including transportation services, support groups and local clinics.

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